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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: grey580
They're all caused my blade failures. The blade gets thrown into the side of the engine causing damage that the airflow around the engine then grabs onto that damage and rips it apart.
There's a blade durability problem with the Rolls Trent 1000 that's hammering the 787-9, but I haven't heard of anything with the CFM56.
originally posted by: JustMike
a reply to: Zaphod58
That's about what I figured. Fifteen minutes sounded absurd to me, and even ten was a stretch. But for people under stress, every second would feel like ten.
Some have mentioned the professionalism of the cockpit crew and ATC, but just to illustrate, I've transcribed a crucial minute's worth of the recording you posted back on page 2. I do not know if it was the Captain or First Officer communicating with ATC from the Southwest flight, but you can hear the tension in her voice. And understandably, considering what she knew of the situation they faced:
Time on the recording: cca 16:23 to 17.30:
Pilot or F/O: Southwest 1380, we'd like to turn... start turning it now.
[Reply from ATC, giving details of where airport and runway is, and advising about approach altitude.]
Pilot or F/O: Ok, could you have the... medical meet us there on the runway as well. We've got...um... injured passengers.
ATC: Injured passengers, ok, and are you – is your airplane physically on fire?
Pilot or F/O: No, it's not on fire, but part of it's missing. [short pause] They said there's a hole and… someone went out.
ATC: Umm – I'm sorry, you said there's a hole and somebody went out?
Pilot or F/O: [unintelligible]
ATC: Southwest 1380, it doesn't matter, we'll work it out there. The airport's just off to your right. Report it in sight, please.
Pilot or F/O: It's in sight.
It's almost impossible to imagine what it must be like for pilots in a situation like this. Yes, they train regularly in simulators, but when it's the real thing, it's beyond nightmares. These events are so rare that I'd expect many pilots go their entire careers without having to deal with such an emergency. And as for the ATC guy, he was freaking amazing. Not just in keeping up the comms with this stricken flight, but also with all the other aircraft in the area.